Monday, June 12, 2006

Who Wants to be an X-Man?

After the success of the X-Men movie franchise, the third of which premeried Memorial Day weekend, probably quite a few people. But while most of us daydream about adamantium claws and telepathy, there are a few people who are taking the idea seriously.

Last week, at a conference called "Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights," a group of academics met to consider what a world with X-Men, or their genetically modified equivalents, might look like. While nobody is donning tights and hurling bolders just yet, the gathering was an interesting counterpoint to the Hollywood movie in which mainstream society sought a "cure" to the superhumans, or mutants, living among them.

From the silver screen to the ivory tower the question is the same: is genetic modification a crime against humanity, a disease to be prevented; or is it the next stage of human evolution, and an individual right to be protected?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHere are you???


Fri Aug 04, 01:51:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Tim Kanwar said...

Been very busy recently, but am trying to get back into the swing of things. My apologies for the prolonged absence.

Mon Aug 07, 10:01:00 PM EDT  

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